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Are R-rated movies okay for a Christian to watch?

Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7:14-23

            Jesus said that what goes into a person cannot defile that person, it’s what comes out of the person that defiles them. He was talking about food (sacrificed to idols) and how it had no effect on a Christian.  The issue is the heart.  Watching something evil, pornographic, filthy and profanity-filled won’t necessarily defile a person unless a person allows it to.

            It’s very difficult for the average person to watch porno and have it not influence one’s thought life.  If that’s the case, then stay away.  If that movie, music or book series does not change your heart, then it’s okay, but, you must ask yourself, why do you need it? 

            Also, you must careful that you aren’t influencing someone else to watch it and cause them to be influenced.